Island and Twin Lakes

Kyburz, California 95720

Island and Twin Lakes

Island and Twin Lakes Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike is challenging because of its difficult, flower-lined trail, but its destination is well worth the effort. By continuing past Twin Lakes and ascending to a meltwater lake above it, hikers can escape the crowds and gain fantastic vistas of the Crystal Range, where sunset colors paint the sheer granite walls.

Your ascent begins on granite at the edge of a buggy meadow, climbs through a lodgepole pine and white fir forest, follows ducks and blazes across open granite slopes, and crosses streams before ascending a final 200 feet to a pristine bivy site sheltered by a small copse of trees. While descending the 150 feet to Island Lake to regain the trail home past Boomerang Lake and Twin Lakes, you will learn everything there is to know about the lifestyle of marmots."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
5–6 hours (overnight)
Depends on snow; permits required for day hiking and overnight camping.
6,721 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,300 feet
Top Elevation
US Forest Service, Taylor Creek Visitor Center, 530-543-2674,
Local Contacts
Desolation Wilderness (Wilderness Press)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018